Teacher interaction with preschool children: Attitudes, contacts, and their effects

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Nine teachers and 80 preschoolers were the Ss in an investigation to determine whether teaching attitudes such as “attachment,” “concern,” “indifference,” and “rejection” toward the children were related to the manner in which the teachers made instructional, social, and disciplinary contacts with the children. It was shown that more instructional contacts were made with the attachment pupils than with those in any other attitude group. Also, an attitude of concern led to more instructional contacts than did the attitudes of indifference or rejection. More disciplinary contacts were made with the concern and rejection children as compared with the attachment or indifference individuals. Ratings of the appearance and behavior of the children indicated that the attachment children were perceived most favorably by the teachers. The findings also show that the children evoked similar attitudes from the teachers in certain cases and different attitudes in others. The findings are considered with respect to a child's educational experience. (French summary) (33 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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